|Written by Ivan Radford|
|Friday, 12 March 2010 11:19|
Director: Paul Greengrass
"I came here to find weapons and save lives". "It's a little more complicated than that." "Not for me!" Roy Miller (Damon) is an American soldier with a difference. Not only does he bear an uncanny resemblance to Jason Bourne and Hollywood actor Matt Damon, he also has a big thing for the truth. Why does his Iraq team keep failing to find WMDs in every location they raid?
No-one else is questioning the dodgy intel. So Miller takes it upon himself to hunt down the answers "off reservation". A rogue grunt single-handedly uncovering the Iraq war deception? It's a far-fetched idea and one that never quite works.
Visually, it makes for solid popcorn fodder. But this is Paul Greengrass - the man who brought us Bloody Sunday and United 93 is capable of better political movies than this. As it all boils down to a cracking chase through an explosive Baghdad, racing after General Al Rawi (Saddam's Jack of Clubs), this thriller really takes a grip on its surroundings with gut-punching action. But with its ill-conceived dialogue and a wasted Amy Ryan as a Wall Street journalist, the adrenaline rush comes just a little too late.
With a twist that sadly everyone knows, this war film is a blistering bomb site of ideas. Greengrass is great at asking accurate questions, but Green Zone is better at blowing stuff up.